• Subject: Re: AS/400s Extinct at Microsoft
  • From: Mel Rothman <melrothman@xxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2001 12:39:50 -0600

My recollections:

  The IBM PC, based on Intel's 8088 microprocessor, running Microsoft PC DOS,
came in 1982.  PC hardware based on Intel's 8086, 80286, 80386, 80486, Pentium
whatever, etc., came later.  Windows 3.1 and all its subsequent flavors, also
came later.

  System/38 with the CPF operating system was announced in 1978 and delivered in
volume in 1980.  AS/400's architecture and operating system are based on S/38.

  AS/400 with the OS/400 operating system was announced and delivered in 1988 .

In my mind, the System/38 - AS/400 family came first.  

Considering that the architecture has survived, yea thrived, for 22+ years,
AS/400 can wear its "legacy" badge with honor and pride.  It has given its
customers amazing reliability, availability, serviceability, productivity, and
investment protection over the years.

Disclaimer: I have been an IBM employee for 31-years.  I am an AS/400 bigot,
currently working in the iSeries Custom Technology Center in Rochester Minn. 
The opinions expressed are my own.  I have nothing against PCs.  Some of my best
friends are PCs.  I own four of them and use one at work too!


Mel Rothman







Jeff Crosby wrote:
> 
> Joel Fritz wrote:
> 
> > It's something that's always puzzled me.  Which came first, the 80x86 based
> > pc or the AS/400?
> >
> > I'd argue that from the hardware point of view, the pc is the legacy box.
> > <g>
> 
> You know what?  You're absolutely right.  I had never thought of that.
> 
> --
> -Jeff
> The opinions expressed are my own and not necessarily
> the opinion of my company.  Unless I say so.
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